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Spring sports week in review: League races heating up as stars shine

East's Astrid Dirkzwager (top left), Heights' Houston McFarlane (top right), Eisenhower's Sadie Steiner (bottom left) and the Maize soccer team (bottom right) had strong performances this week.
East's Astrid Dirkzwager (top left), Heights' Houston McFarlane (top right), Eisenhower's Sadie Steiner (bottom left) and the Maize soccer team (bottom right) had strong performances this week. The Wichita Eagle

League races are heating up across the Wichita area.

Here is the recap from April 16-21.


Hutchinson at Arkansas City

Perfect games are rare, but they are even more difficult to find when the team uses multiple pitchers.

Arkansas threw a combined perfect game Tuesday against Hutchinson. Garrett VanDeventer and Hunter O'Toole were at the top of their games, each throwing three flawless innings in the 10-0 win.

VanDeveneter got the start and struck out six of the nine batters he faced. O'Toole took the back half and struck out three and relied on a strong defensive performance to close the deal.

At 8-2 and 4-0 in AVCTL II play, the Bulldogs are tied with Goddard atop the league standings, and with pitching like they had Tuesday against a Class 6A state qualifier, they could win that race.

Maize at Derby

With his team down two in the bottom of the seventh, Coleson Syring ended it with a win for the losing team.

The Derby left fielder hit a walk-off grand slam to lift the Panthers to a 10-8 win in what looks to be a contentious AVCTL I race. It was Syring’s second extra-base hit of the afternoon.

Maize bounced back in the second of the Tuesday doubleheader with theatrics of their own. In the top of the ninth, Carson Shively singled to score two go-ahead runs in the Eagles’ 6-4 win. Shively finished the game with three RBIs.

AVCTL I looks to be coming down to the wire with Maize (5-6 overall, 1-1 AVCTL I) and Derby (6-4, 2-2) in contention for the league title, so Syring and Shively’s late-game performances could go a long way in the standings.

West at Heights

The City League isn't decided yet, but Heights took control of it Friday.

With a sweep of West, the Falcons are in a four-way tie in league play at the top, but with an 10-2 overall record and tie-breakers over all contenders but Carroll, they are in the driver's seat.

Heights took game 1, 7-5 and finished with a 6-3 victory. Although the Falcons gave up eight runs, their pitching won the day. Heights threw six pitchers and got timely hitting from Tanner Day, who had three RBIs, and Houston McFarlane, who hit his first two home runs of his high school career.

Circle at Andale

Andale swept a trending Circle group Monday to help separate itself as one of the Wichita area’s best.

With 5-1 and 8-5 wins, the Indians got solid pitching from Michael Post and Brody Cates. Together, they allowed seven hits in 12 2/3 innings.

Andale (7-3) also got timely hitting throughout the afternoon.

In game 1, Post gave himself a boost with a solo home run, and Ethan Baalmann delivered a RBI double that got the Indians’ scoring rolling. And in game 2, Seth Bugner went 2-for-2 with three RBIs and three runs scored.

Buhler at Circle

Like Andale, Buhler took two from Circle this week.

The Crusaders went on the road to earn 7-0 and 16-1 victories Thursday. Their pitching was outstanding.

In game 1, Dawson Dreher threw a shutout with six strikeouts, and his offense backed him up. Adam Schrag and Logan Sweet combined for four RBIs.

Game 2 was much of the same. Connor Ogburn threw the second complete game of the afternoon with 10 strikeouts with only five hits and one walk.

Although the Crusaders (7-3) scored 16, eight runs were unearned as Circle committed eight errors.


Maize at Derby

The Eagles look to be on their way.

Maize swept a title-contending Derby group Tuesday in impressive style with 5-1 and 8-2 wins.

In game 1, Maize broke threw the Panthers’ defense in the top of the sixth. The Eagles had six hits and scored five runs, including two off a Braeland Booth double.

Lauryn Ogden was on her game from the circle, throwing a complete game with three hits and six strikeouts.

Then in game 2, Madi Arnold took over the pitching duties and threw another complete game. With a four RBI game from Savannah Hughes, including a two-run home run in the seventh, Maize (9-0) took a firm grasp in AVCTL I.

Maize South at Andover Central

Arkansas City was the winner.

Both looking up at the Bulldogs in AVCTL II, Maize South and Andover Central split a doubleheader Friday.

The Mavericks took game 1, 12-10, and the Jaguars closed on a 10-9 win after a walk-off single from Jordyn Maddex.

Maddex singled and scored Brooklyn Strobel for the win. Morgan Herrmann had the swing of the day with a three-run home run in the bottom of the first.

Eisenhower at Arkansas City

Three days after beating Maize South, coach Amber Brunswig went home.

From Arkansas City, Brunswig took Eisenhower on the road but came up short in both games of the Friday doubleheader to her former teammate Angie Ruyle and her group of Bulldogs.

Ark City won 11-1 and 16-9 to help create some space atop AVCTL II. With the wins, the Bulldogs hold a one-game lead over Maize South and Andover Central.

Arkansas City (9-1) plays Andover on Tuesday.


Maize at Northwest

After their first meeting, Northwest was fired up.

Maize beat the Grizzlies by three goals at the Titan Classic to open the season. Monday, the game went into double overtime.

The Eagles came back from a 3-1 deficit to earn the 4-3 victory. Kourtnee Davis sent in a ball to Bailey Stedman, who rattled it home.

Reese Visger scored a brace for Northwest, but it wasn’t enough as Maize’s defense stiffened and the forwards found their shots.

Four different Maize players scored to move the Eagles to 10-1.

Mulvane vs. Collegiate, Circle

The Wildcats are cruising.

After an overtime victory early this season against Collegiate, Mulvane handed the Spartans on its second try, 5-0, with goals from four players.

Two days later, the Wildcats doubled down with a 2-0 win against Circle. Over the two games, Kolbie McDaniel had four goals and one assists.

Collegiate and Circle came in with a combined 10-4 record, but after back-to-back wins, Mulvane sits atop AVCTL III-IV at 7-1 in league play.

Northwest at East

Yossi Villagrana helped the Aces past a huge City League hurdle Thursday.

She scored both goals in East’s 2-0 win against Northwest to jump to the top of the league standings at 5-0.

East is coming off a berth in the Class 6A tournament. The Aces started the season 1-3 but have not lost since.

East lost to Northwest in penalty kicks early this season at the Titan Classic. The Aces have tinkered with their shape and seem to have found their stride.

Maize South at Eisenhower

It seems to be a two-horse race in AVCTL II.

Maize South beat Eisenhower 5-0 on Thursday to improve to 9-1 and 2-0 in league play.

The Tigers were one of the top competitors in the league, but after the loss, it looks to be the Mavericks and Valley Center to fight for the title. The Hornets are also 9-1 and 2-0 in league play.

Maize South hosts Valley Center on Tuesday night.

Track and field

Campus Invitational

The hosts held off the favorites.

Campus took first on the boys side with 103 team points to beat Carroll, finishing with 87.

On the girls side, defending Class 5A champion Newton edged Junction City 130-123.

To see the full results, click here.

Andover Invitational

Andover crushed the competition, beating the runner-up, Kapaun, by 75 points on the boys side.

On the girls side, Kapaun got even, beating Circle and the rest of the field by 4.5 points.

To see the full results, click here.

Heights Invitational

Manhattan made the drive, and the Indians finished with a sweep.

On the boys side, the Indians beat West 186-143. Heights finished third with 123 points.

For the girls, Manhattan topped Valley Center, 140-131. Southeast came third with 87 points.

To see the full results, click here.

Clearwater meet

Andale is showing why it is a defending state championship team on both sides of the coin.

The boys beat Circle by 104 points, and the girls defeated Garden Plain by 69.5.

To see the full results, click here.

Halstead Invitational

The Hesston girls and Kingman boys were winners Friday.

Hesston edged Berean Academy by just two points, 79-77, and Kingman beat Smoky Valley by 19.5

The Sedgwick girls and Halstead boys came third.

To see the full results, click here.

Kingman Invitational

Andale went for two and got it.

The Indians competed in two invitationals this week and won the boys and girls competitions at each.

Andale beat Kingman by 80.5 on the boys side and Chaparral by 156.5 on the girls side.

To see the full results, click here.


Trinity Academy Invitational

A week after a rare slip at Northwest, the reigning Class 6A champions looked the part again Saturday.

East beat Kapaun by 76 points and the defending 5-1A champs, Bishop Miege, by 224.

To read more about the Aces, click here.

To see the full individual results, click here.

To see the full team results, click here.


Collegiate Invitational

Andover Central put the pieces together Friday.

The Jaguars posted a 304 combined score to beat Andale by 15 strokes.

Andale’s Nick Carney finished with the lowest score of 72.

To see the full results, click here.

Dodge City Invitational

Kapaun showed it is not only dangerous in the City League.

The Crusaders beat Hays by seven strokes after winning with a 307 team score.

Eisenhower’s Tyler Trudo and Hays’ Tradgon McCrae finished with the lowest individual scores, both finishing with a 72.

To see the full results, click here.

Arkansas City Invitational

Sacred Heart is a golf school.

The defending 2-1A champions beat Arkansas City and the field by 44 strokes with a team score of 298.

Sacred Heart finished with the three lowest individual scores.

To see the full results, click here.


Collegiate Invitational, April 16

Andover won the team competition over Arkansas City, 25-23.

To see the full results, click here.

Salina South Tournament

Valley Center held off Salina Central 68-57 for the team win.

To see the full results, click here.